In 2009, after scouring domestic interiors for more than 20 years, the staff at Little Piggies Green Cleaning committed itself to wielding only nontoxic, green cleaning products. Today, none of its products contain synthetic, petroleum-based chemicals or emit volatile organic compounds, freeing the technicians to scrub and scour without worrying about the health of their clients, the environment, or themselves. They sanitize showers, tubs, and sinks, dust and vacuum bedrooms, and render kitchens immaculate by shining appliances, wiping countertops, and clear cupboards of squatting ex-dinner guests.
It’s not surprising that Chem-Dry boasts more than 4,000 locations around the world—it uses reliable cleaning agents that are both natural and effective. Its carpet-cleaning process leaves floors treadable in one to two hours with a simple mixture of carbonation and hot water that uses significantly less moisture than steam cleaning or an indoor fire hydrant. The nontoxic cleaner, which Chem-Dry calls The Natural, is safe to use around kids and pets. Technicians can also use a black light to hunt down pet urine spots for treatment, remove water damage, and extract grime from tile and grout before applying a protective sealant.
Plaza Dry Cleaners's staff smartens up garments with dry-cleaning, laundering, and tailoring services. With same-day and 48-hour turnarounds, they evict germs and debris from an array of items, including comforters, rugs, formalwear, and blankets. Like learning to levitate, the facility's hanger-recycling program helps to limit eco-footprints.
The friendly operation at Beverly Wilshire Dry Cleaners takes in mustard-stained suits, grass-streaked pants, and dust-mite-ridden sheets, rendering them spotless and fresh through speedy dry-cleaning and laundry services. Expert tailors take in drooping hems, and specialized cleaners preserve and protect hard-to-care-for materials such as leather, suede, drapery, molten lava, and wedding dresses. As a testament to the shop's commitment to the environment, the onsite plant eschews harsh petrochemicals and coal-burning washing-machine steam engines for eco-conscious cleaning materials and processes.
Shirts 'N' Skirts' friendly staff of garment-cleaning technicians deodorize duds, evict stains, and alter ill-fitting hemlines with eco-friendly cleaning methods, offering free pickup and delivery for homes within 5 miles of one of the store's locations. Using state-of-the-art products and machinery, these thread techs disinfect, steam, and press clothes to leave them neater than Mr. Clean's accounting ledger. They'll expunge pants ($4.95) and shirts ($4.75) of lingering odors, hem up elongated pants ($12), or shine ($6) and restore heels ($12) on aging shoes. Garments make their way back into their owner's care within 24 hours, ready to fill up closet space like a skeleton soiree.
While attending law school in the ‘70s, Majestic Chem-Dry founder Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner by day and an amateur chemist by night. During this stint, he set a mission for himself: to concoct a cleaning formula that succeeded where most others failed. After years of studying the chemical properties of various solutions and performing his own experiments, Robert successfully devised a carbonated cleaning solution that was both effective on stains and safe for kids, pets, and allergy-afflicted poltergeists. With his new invention—named The Natural—in tow, Robert went into business, first serving family and friends before founding his own small carpet-and-upholstery-cleaning franchise. Today, the Chem-Dry network boasts thousands of locations around the world, which are staffed by certified technicians and protect clients with a satisfaction guarantee.